Chopper war breaks out in the Hamptons
The rich and famous have long escaped the heat of a New York summer by seeking refuge in the Hamptons at the eastern tip of Long Island.
For the really rich and famous, the preferred mode of commuting is increasingly via helicopter, skipping the notoriously traffic-clogged highways beneath them.
But tough new rules to restrict the relentless thunder of incoming helicopters at East Hampton airport have dismayed the area's moguls, models and celebrities.
This morning, a federal court will hear an aviation industry group urging the judge to stop the restrictions from coming into effect from tomorrow.
With the traditional summer season about to start next weekend, the stakes are high.
The "choppering classes" range from A-list celebrities to financial titans. Just this week, fans posted photographs on social media of the pop star Rihanna boarding a Hamptons-bound helicopter in Manhattan.
Donna Karan, the fashion designer, and Kelly Ripa, the soap opera actress and talk-show host, are among the second-home owners seen emerging from beneath the blades at the airport. The reality star Kim Kardashian and her family decamp en masse by helicopter to the Hamptons.
Helicopter traffic to the Hamptons has surged dramatically in recent years and locals have successfully complained about the noise pollution from the take-offs and landing at the airport. (©Daily Telegraph, London)